MODESTO - Great places where you can get the best bang for your buck, and you don't even have to bankrupt your pocketbook when it comes to putting gas in your tank.
RIPON - Ripon's Historical Society's Clarence Smit Museum and the nearby Military Museum and Veterans' Wall are just a block apart. Both are open on Saturdays and by special appointment.
ESCALON - The Escalon Historical Museum holds a "reminisce day" on the first Wednesday of the month when many of the old-timers and the younger set turn out to chat about the formative years of the farm community.
SACRAMENTO - If you thought Sacramento was just any old state capital, be sure to plan an extra couple of days next time you're driving through the area. The city is like a theme park for historians, art lovers and just about anyone who wants to know more about the Golden State.
TURLOCK - During this economic recession, discount stores throughout the Valley have been increasing tenfold. More than ever, people are finding new ways to shop efficiently and save money along the way. Consignment shops have the unique advantage of making and saving money for the seller, buyer, and shop owner.
MODESTO - The Modesto Film Society's 2012-13 season kicks off in July so the time to become a member, or renew your membership, is now. This is the club to join if you want to fully indulge your passion for film by seeing some of the most significant titles from the past and present on the Big Screen in the company of hundreds of other like-minded film fans.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria will proudly present multi-platinum country artist Dierks Bentley on Saturday, September 1.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria's own Rich Hoffman can now add hosting a weekly TV movie series to his extensive list of accomplishments.
STOCKTON – It's not uncommon to see the parking lot at Delta College full of cars on any given day.
GALT – There are flea markets.
For the better part of a century, about 80 years, the Turlock Sales Yard has hosted the Tuesday Flea Market, located at the corner of East and Berkeley avenues.
Modesto's historic McHenry Mansion may be down but is not completely out.
YOSEMITE VALLEY - It's a world renowned hiking destination for a reason.
Who was Oramil McHenry? Who was he named after? Where and when was he born? What business did he own where he had the controlling interest but was named after someone else? Where is he buried? Why is his name synonymous with a library?
That was 100 years ago.
LATHROP – It can be brown and it can be murky, but it's also one of the most critical waterways in California and it has a long and storied history and has provided recreational opportunities for local residents for decades.
As a member of the Stockton Rowing Club, Kathy Brown has been in and around the San Joaquin Delta and its many tributaries.
The roads wind.
Sit in the stands at Guss Schmiedt Field on a Friday night and you're bound to experience a plethora of smells.
Those driving down Geer Road in Turlock this summer may see the unusual sight of a snowball fight. No, there's not a freak atmospheric condition that turns this part of the Central Valley into a frozen wonderland, but rather the doings of one business owner.
STOCKTON – The patio at Valley Brew during the summertime is fickle.
RIPON – Water parks do a great job of copying it.
When the weather sizzled up to 106 degree last week, Wendy Deulus took her workout to the swimming pool.
Locals looking to beat the heat without traveling to a nearby lake or pool can still cool down at the local parks in Turlock, two of which boast water facilities.
Lake Don Pedro is a favorite summer hotspot for locals looking to beat the heat and enjoy several activities lakeside but this year the ongoing drought has posed a small impact on the lake's recreational facilities.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.
LATHROP – You'd notice that big, toothy grin anywhere.
Weber's BBQ & More may be still considered "out of sight, out of mind."
Mark Twain mined – pun intended – the foothills of Northern California for inspiration.
Venture to the Southern Golden Country in the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.